Evan Shirreffs’ list of options has grown a little as the rising redshirt junior seeks to transfer from Miami.
The UM appeals committee, which is not affiliated with the athletic department, has granted Shirreffs the option of transferring to three schools within the ACC — Duke, North Carolina and Virginia — his father told CBS Sports.
Shirreffs is eligible to play immediately after graduating with a 3.9 GPA in business finance and will have two years of eligibility to wherever he decides to transfer to.
Miami originally blocked the former three-star quarterback from playing at any ACC school and any of its non-conference opponents in 2018 or 2019.
Shirreffs plans on transferring to school with a top MBA program to further his studies, and the appeals committee cleared the way for him to transfer to Duke, UNC or Virginia because they are ranked among the top 25 in the latest U.S. News and World Report.
“I enjoyed my time at the University of Miami and I loved it,” Shirreffs told CBS Sports. “But I’ve completed all my academic requirements. I should be able to play wherever I choose to benefit myself athletically and academically.”
Shirreffs announced his decision to transfer Jan. 15 on Twitter. He was the backup to redshirt junior Malik Rosier in 2017, seeing action in four games, while only completing two of his seven pass attempts for 16 yards.
I want to thank Coach Richt, the staff, and my teammates for an incredible 3 years at the University of Miami. I have decided to seek opportunities as a graduate transfer for my final 2 years of eligibility.
— Evan Shirreffs (@eshirreffs) January 15, 2018
Duke seems like an unlikely destination for Shirreffs considering the presence of rising redshirt junior Daniel Jones, who has thrown for a combined 5,527 yards and 30 touchdowns over the past two seasons. After the emergence of redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt and sophomore Nathan Elliott last season, t he same could be said for North Carolina
Given the departure of 2017 starting quarterback Kurt Benkert, Virginia is a possibility. The only returning quarterback to throw a pass last year was Lindell Stone, and he went 2-for-9 with two interceptions.
The Cavaliers did, however, bring in the No. 6 junior college transfer in the country, Bryce Perkins, in December. Perkins completed 63.3 percent (114-for-180) of his passes for 1,311 yards and seven touchdowns to lead Arizona Western Community College to the 2017 NJCAA National Championship game.
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